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Al Aronowitz

Al Aronowitz

Al Aronowitz was often described as "the godfather of rock journalism". His POP SCENE column in the NEW YORK POST turned him into one of the most powerful rock journalists in the world. Those columns - plus his writings in THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, THE VILLAGE VOICE and many other publications - set the tone for all subsequent coverage of rock and roll. He collected some of his unpublished manuscripts in THE BLACKLISTED MASTERPIECES OF AL ARONOWITZ. As the man who introduced Allen Ginsberg to Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan to the Beatles, and the Beatles to marijuana, Al was known to boast that "the '60s wouldn't have been the same without me". He died in 2005.

The Blacklisted Journalist

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The Band: On The Horizon: The Band

Profile and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Hullabaloo, October 1968

BIG PINK IS ONE of those middle-class ranch houses of the type that you would expect to find in development row in the heart of ...

The Band: Friends and Neighbours Just Call Us The Band

Profile and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, August 1968

NEW YORK: Big Pink is one of those middle class ranch houses of the type that you would expect to find in development row in ...

The Beatles: Music's Gold Bugs

Essay by Al Aronowitz, Saturday Evening Post, March 1964

BRIAN SOMMERVILLE is a balding 32-year-old Londoner whose jaw juts out like the southeast corner of England when he thinks he is about to say ...

The Beatles, Bob Dylan: Eyewitness: Dylan Turns The Beatles On To Dope

Essay by Al Aronowitz, Q, May 1994

History ahoy! In the second of our new series, journalist Al Aronowitz recalls introducing Bob Dylan to The Beatles and how His Bobness turned the ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: George Harrison: Why Is George In New York?

Report and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, June 1970

Sunrise doesn't last all morning The cloudburst doesn't last all day Seems my love is up and has left with no warning But it's not ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin: Janis Joplin: Singer With The Bordello Voice

Profile and Interview by Al Aronowitz, LIFE, September 1968

IF YOU HAVEN'T heard of Big Brother and the Holding Company by now, you're going to miss your chance. ...

David Bowie: The Super Pop Event

Live Review by Al Aronowitz, New York Post, September 1972

David Bowie: Carnegie Hall, NYC ...

The Byrds, Roger McGuinn: Born Again: Roger McGuinn

Interview by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz, The, 1981

Roger McGuinn is explaining that he's found religion. He's now a Christian. Jesus is the only one in sight that he can believe in. He's ...

Ray Charles: The Great Ray Charles Needed No Justifying

Retrospective by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Journalist, The, July 2004

Ronald Reagan arrived at the Pearly Gates this week, and was met by St. Peter. Reagan was stunned for a moment. ...

Bobby Darin: The Kid: Bobby Darin

Profile by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz, The, 1981

East Harlem, an Italian ghetto, 1936. The kid is born May 14, a Taurus. From the beginning, he's sickly. As soon as he's conscious of ...

Miles Davis & Louis Armstrong: You Learn How to Defend Your Style

Essay by Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, July 1970

NEW YORK — There was something sad about it, this party thrown by old men for someone older still, and yet you had to have ...

Miles Davis: Rock Is A White Man's Word, Says Miles

Report and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Melody Maker, October 1970

NEW YORK. — Junior Mance was working the bandstand at New York's Top of the Gate and you had to put your ear to Miles ...

Mick Jagger, Miles Davis, The Rolling Stones: Mick and Miles (A Musical in Several Parts)

Essay by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz, The, 1981

A remarkable personal reminiscence of the night the author took rock star Mick Jagger to meet jazz star Miles Davis turns into rock/jazz history and ...

The Doors: Over His Dead Body: Memories of Jim Morrison

Obituary by Al Aronowitz, New York Post, 1971

WE ALL MAKE our deals with the devil. I suppose Jim Morrison must have realized that he made his. Listen to Jac Holzman, the president ...

The Doors: The End of Jim Morrison

Obituary by Al Aronowitz, Fusion, September 1971

WE ALL MAKE our deals with the devil. I suppose Jim Morrison must have realized that he made his. Listen to Jac Holzman, the president ...

Bob Dylan: A Night With Bob Dylan

Essay by Al Aronowitz, New York Herald Tribune, December 1965

Bob Dylan picked himself up from the revolving turntable; staggered into an armchair, waved his hands above his head and sat down to watch the ...

Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell: A Crown Jewel of a Show: King Bob and Queen Joni

Essay by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Journalist, The, March 1999

I REALLY WOULDN'T know what to say to Bob Dylan if I bumped into him again. I suppose I could talk about our one-time mutual ...

The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac's Tusk and The Eagles' The Long Run

Review by Al Aronowitz, Washington Post, The, November 1979

LONG AND EAGERLY AWAITED, Fleetwood Mac's Tusk comes as the most spectacular event in records since Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life. Less ...

Fleetwood Mac: A Vote For Fleetwood Mac

Essay by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz, The, 1981

Washington I have no faith in politicians. I think musicians are full of shit, too, but music makes me feel better. Music makes me ...

Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia: Moon Jasmine: The Night Jerry Garcia Forgot To Tell Me Something And I Forgot To Ask

Interview by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz, The, 1978

1. San Francisco Jerry Garcia wanted me to write a story about him. That was the deal. I was managing this folksinger who needed ...

Merle Haggard: Home-fried Humor and Cowboy Soul

Profile and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, August 1968

COUNTRY MUSIC is blowing in like a fresh wind from the West. America can't be defined by its pay-toilets and its smog. Merle Haggard never ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Final Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Memoir by Al Aronowitz, Circus, September 1977

I HAD TO talk Miles into going to Jimi's funeral with me. ...

Carole King: The Dumb Sound

Report and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Saturday Evening Post, August 1963

2003 note: The following was trimmed down to fit in the pages of the Saturday Evening Post by Bill Ewald, one of the few editors ...

John Lennon: Two Questions about Lennon

Report by Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, August 1974

NEW YORK – John was wearing shades, his chestnut hair glistening in the fancy studio lights, big ones over his cars, sitting in a booth ...

Charlie Rich: The Depression, Country Music and Me

Essay by Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, February 1975

This sorrowful piece was sent to us, by third-class mail, by Al Aronowitz, pop columnist for the New York Post until the paper dropped him ...

The Rolling Stones: Brian Jones: Over His Dead Body

Obituary by Al Aronowitz, New York Post, 1969

I AM STANDING with Brian Jones at the window of his hotel suite when we looked down into this open sore in the bedrock fifteen ...

Linda Ronstadt: America's Sex Valentine

Profile by Al Aronowitz, Gallery, February 1979

I KNOW AN eighteen-year-old genius named Jimmy Dunbar who thinks the ultimate prize in the ultimate contest would be a weekend with Linda Ronstadt. Not ...

Sly & The Family Stone: The Pink Hippopotamus, The Ferry Godmother and Ilili (A Non-Fiction Fairy Tale): David Kapralik in 1996

Profile by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz, The, 1996

THE DAY HE GETS OUT of the hospital from his third suicide attempt, Dave Kapralik is ready to try to snuff himself again. He's got ...

Alex Taylor, James Taylor: James and Alex Taylor: And He Played Real Good For Free

Report by Al Aronowitz, Melody Maker, April 1971

CHILMARK, MASSACHUSETTS.The Island Children's School gave its first annual benefit concert here last January 12 and if you've read The Vineyard Gazette then you know ...

The Who: At The Metropolitan Opera House

Live Review by Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, July 1970

THE WHO is a group that was nurtured in gimmickry. I remember five years ago Brian Jones calling me up on the trans-Atlantic phone to ...

List of genre pieces

Murray the K's Entitled!

Interview by Al Aronowitz, Fusion, July 1972

If anybody is... ...

I Knew Emmett Grogan

Memoir by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz, The, 1981

YEAH, I KNEW Emmett Grogan, knew him well enough to've gone on a half-ass caper with him in behalf of a coke dealer who thought ...

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